The library selectively collects legal and non-legal reference resources that are valuable for historical and current scholarly legal research. These resources include directories, encyclopedias, biographical sources, etc.
The library periodically reviews the reference collection for currency and to ensure that resources match current usage.
Online resources are also considered in evaluating print titles, as they are often more current than their print counterparts. All items withdrawn from the reference collection are evaluated on a case-by-case basis for inclusion in the library's main collection. Those resources that possess significance for later historical research are retained.
The law library is the University’s archival library for historical legal reference titles. Non-legal reference titles are evaluated for deselection under the criteria enumerated in Section XIX (Deselection). Selected standard reference titles and international reference materials are purchased for the Annex Reference collection.
The library maintains a small collection of ready reference materials adjacent to the reference desk consisting of directories, citation manuals, dictionaries and other popular sources that legal information librarians use frequently.